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The Nasturtium 

THE MASSACHUSETTS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 



1974 YEARBOOK ISSUE WITH 
REPORTS FOR 1973 AND EARLY 1974 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT 

The year 1 973 was not, perhaps, the 
"Brightest and the Best", to quote the 
title of a recent political book. It did, 
however, bring into focus many hazy 
pictures and dreams, and from these 
brighter and clearer images we can 
move forward to a different but more 
constructive future. 

The generous offer of a beautiful 
estate in Hamilton made to us by For- 
rester A. Clark, father of our former 
President, had a temporarily divisive 
influence on the Board of Trustees. 
More important, it placed President 
Clark in such an embarrassing posi- 
tion that he felt he could no longer 
continue in office with his usual 
ebullient enthusiasm. At about the 
same time, during the summer 
months, Carlton Lees submitted his 
resignation as Executive Director. 
Carlton's host of friends will be 
pleased to learn that he is now Vice- 
President of the New York Botanical 
Garden. 

In August the Board, with complete 
unanimity, set out to establish 
courses of action which would 
reorient our operations and eventually 
build a stronger, more vital Society 
with a stronger and more numerous 
membership. This was done and the 
preliminary studies, approved by the 
Board, were published in my letter to 
the membership of October 30, 1973. 
Since that time further refinements 
have been studied and steps taken to 
implement these plans. At the same 
August meeting, it was agreed unani- 
mously that HORTICULTURE maga- 
zine and the annual Spring Show 
would be vigorously continued. We 
already have a better magazine, oper- 
ating at a better profit, and Willard 
Hunnewell, as Chairman of the Publi- 



cations Committee, will report on its 
operations. He has spent countless 
hours and, with a strong assist from 
Jack Ewell, has pointed the former 
down curve strongly upward. 

Mr. Ewell, ourTreasurer, will give 
you the details of our financial prog- 
ress. Our limited fund raising effort 
fell short of the previous year, but this 
should be no surprise to those who are 
aware of a deteriorating national 
economic confidence and the fears of 
some members that we could not cope 
with our problems. 

The Spring Shows of both 1973 and 
1974 were aesthetic, popular and 
profitable successes. For the latter 
especially Bill Thompson deserves 
many accolades; his execution as 
Show Director with powerful assis- 
tance from Allan McLeod, the Show 
Staff, the Amateur Horticultural Com- 
mittee, the Women's Exhibition Com- 
mittee and many others, should have 
special recognition for excellence in 
performance. An attempted combina- 
tion Home and Garden Show at Com- 
monwealth Pier in the fall was not a 
solid success, but we suffered no 
financial loss of any consequence and 
received many compliments for our 
efforts from the limited number of 
people who attended. 

Nathan Chandler and an extremely 
hard-working Nominating Committee 
have also devoted time far beyond 
normal schedules to conduct a search 
for the leadership manpower we need. 
While we have strengthened the Board 
with capable new members, we have 
not been successful in locating an 
Executive Director to take on the 
burdens of the Society. We know the 
kind of man or woman we want, and 
will somehow find the right person- 




be the person Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms. 
In the meantime, Bill Thompson has 
been appointed Acting Executive 
Director. I feel sure that the affairs of 
the Society are in good hands and that 
real progress may be made toward a 
rejuvenated Society with an exciting 
program at a new site, altogether a 
package which will prove an optimistic 
challenge to the right Executive 
Director. A new Educational Programs 
Committee has already been estab- 
lished, with Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr., 
as Chairman ; you will be hearing more 
from her later. 

A word of warning is in order, how- 
ever. Many new ideas are being ex- 
pressed by involved people. A new 
Director, if he is worth his salt, will 
have more. The year 1 974 is not 1 829. 
when Boston's population was 60,000, 
nor is it 1900 when the present Hall 
was built 'way out in the Fenway. This 
is a long way of saying that all of us, 
Trustees and members, must be ready 
and willing to accept new concepts 
and new ideas. 

I must thank our present staff, all of 
whom have been absolutely wonderful 
in carrying on in the face of confusion 
and conflicting ideas. My especial 
personal thanks go to Jean Landron 
and Warren Colby, without whom 
progress would have come to a grind- 
ing halt. And I must thank the loyal 
Executive Committee— Willard 
Hunnewell, Jack Ewell and Nat 
Dane— who have pitched in on every 
occasion when called for, ever moving 
forward. I will never forget the loyalty 
they have shown to the Society in the 
face of totally unforeseen emergen- 
cies. 

In 1973 Mrs. Frances C. Dowd 
joined our staff as Librarian, after the 
retirement of Mrs. Crossman. We also 



welcomed Peg ze von Moschziskeras 
Activities Coordinator and Miss Ger- 
aldine Dunbar as Library Assistant. A 
more recent addition is Miss Jennifer 
King, that pleasant voice on the tele- 
phone. 

May we look back on a year of tran- 
sition, of building firm bases from 
which our glorious old Society may 
grow in stature and, especially, in the 
vital educational areas where so many 
people need to learn so much. 

Joseph W. Lund 
Acting President 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

My comments are limited strictly to 
financial matters and are based on a 
comparison of the Society's financial 
statements for the years ending 
December 31 , 1 973 and December 31 , 
1972. 

The year 1 973 was a good one for 
the Massachusetts Horticultural 
Society, and a very pleasant change 
from several years ago; in fact, we 
showed a net profit for the second 
consecutive year and an increase of 
some $21 ,000 over last year. The 
actual net profit was $63,000, com- 
pared to $42,000 in 1972. In almost all 
categories an improvement was 
shown. Membership dues and 
contributions increased $3,500. 
Program activities, which include both 
HORTICULTURE and the Spring 
Show, improved by $42,000, showing 
an excess of revenue over expenses of 
$1 31 ,000 as opposed to $89,000 in 
1972. 

Due to a change in investment 
philosophy— looking for growth rather 
than income— and also reflecting the 
poor performance of the stock market, 
investment income was $1 1 ,000 less 
in 1 973 than in 1 972. In another area 
rental income from the building was 
down by about $5,000, but this was 
more than offset by the reduction of 
$17,000 in building expenses, primar- 
ily because of the savings experienced 
in use of a security system rather than 
24-hour guard service. 

Another indication of our improved 
condition is the amount of our loan. At 
year-end 1972 we were covering a loan 
of $210,000. At year-end 1973 it was 
down to $1 75,000 and I am pleased to 
report that, currently, it has been 
reduced to $100,000. 

We have had our struggles and 
moments of apprehension. Now, 
thanks to a lot of hard work by Staff 
and Trustees— and maybe a little 



luck— we seem to be out of our finan- 
cial troubles and headed in the right 
direction. 

John W. Ewell 
Treasurer 

HORTICULTURE REPORT 

The year 1 973 was a good one for 
HORTICULTURE magazine. From a 
financial point of view, using the 
accrual system of accounting, it made 
$122,000 over expenses, compared 
with some $80,000 in 1972. There were 
several reasons: an improved sub- 
scriber renewal rate, with more read- 
ers renewing after initial subscrip- 
tions; reduced circulation expense, 
which is closely related because less 
promotion for subscribers is neces- 
sary if renewals are satisfactory ; and a 
substantial increase in advertising 
income. 

At the beginning of 1973 a number 
of Trustees and members were con- 
cerned about the unearned income the 
magazine had taken in — money real- 
ized on subscriptions for magazines 
which would have to be supplied well 
into the future. Improved computer 
programming procedures provided the 
information that this liability was in 
the vicinity of $600,000, which led to 
even more concern and some pressure 
to sell the magazine. Last August, 
however, as a result of the improved 
financial situation, the Board voted 
strongly not to take any such action. 
That improvement is continuing, and, 
I believe, will continue. Incidentally, 
future subscription liability is taken 
into account under the present accrual 
system of accounting for HORTICUL- 
TURE, and is included in the figures 
mentioned above. 

The Publications Committee has for 
some time felt the need of a profes- 
sional publisher on the staff. For 
several years an independent publish- 
er served as a consultant, but the 
arrangement was not satisfactory and 
that contract was terminated last fall. 
In March of 1974, Robert J. Fibkins 
joined the staff as Publisher. A Har- 
vard graduate, he received his M.B.A. 
from Harvard in 1960, spent five years 
with Time, Inc., and more recently has 
been General Manager and Chairman 
of the Publishing Board of Sail maga- 
zine, which has been published very 
successfully here in Boston. We are 
very happy to have Mr. Fibkins with 
us. As for the future, a great deal 
depends on the good work we expect 
from him. 

I would like to thank all of the staff 
who have contributed to this greatly 



improved performance of the maga- 
zine. My sincere thanks too go to John 
W. Ewell, who has worked with me on 
the Publications Committee and who 
has contributed a great deal of time 
and effort to HORTICULTURE. 

Willard P. Hunnewell 

Chairman, Publications Committee 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT 

The total membership on December 
31 , 1973 was 5,71 9 as compared with 
5,494 at the end of 1972. During the 
year 981 new members were added, an 
increase of 381 over the 1972 figure of 
600. 

Membership income increased from 
$84,294 in 1 972 to $87,759 in 1973. 
Although this year's events are not 
part of the report for 1 973, I do wish to 
report that the rate of new member- 
ships continues to increase. Since the 
beginning of the year we have added 
736 new members and the total 
membership now stands at 6,268. This 
is due in large measure to the fine 
work of our Membership Secretary, 
Mrs. Margaret Woolley. 
Mary W. (Mrs. Samuel H.) Wolcott 
Chairman, Membership Committee 

PROGRAM REPORT 

For everyone involved with the 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 
1973 was a tumultuous year. Fluctua- 
tions between great hopes and bitter 
disappointments brought confusion 
and much indecision concerning a 
directiorrforthe future and a course of 
action for the present. 

In August of 1973 a new Program 
Committee was established under the 
chairmanship of Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, 
Jr. That committee analyzed the Soci- 
ety's current program, made a series 
of recommendations toward a future 
goal, then plunged ahead to imple- 
ment the program. Some of the results 
to date have been dramatic, and for 
this reason my report will not be based 
only on the calendar year 1973 but will 
bring us to the present, May 6, 1 974. 

The Program Committee recommen- 
dations stressed increased public 
exposure as essential to our future 
growth and development. The Horti- 
cultural Society's shows and exhibi- 
tions are obviously the most impres- 
sive public demonstrations of what we 
are all about. 

The 1973 New England Spring Gar- 
den and Flower Show drew more than 
87,000 visitors from all over New 
England. Final figures forthe 1974 
Show are not yet available, but it is 



already evident that we topped last 
year's attendance and brought in wel- 
come revenue for the support of other 
program activities. 

In 1973 the Society also participated 
in a Fall Home Improvement and 
Modern Living Show. While the show 
was a disappointment attendance- 
wise, it helped us to realize the impor- 
tant part volunteers can play in the 
functioning of the Society. Forthe 
nearly 100 hours the show was open, 
volunteers helped the staff to man a 
garden information booth and bulb 
planting workshop. The venture was 
underwritten by New England Exhibi- 
tions, so there was little financial loss 
involved. For 1974, we are investigat- 
ing the possibility of a Harvest Show 
of a more traditional and popular 
nature. 

The 1973 Camellia and Daffodil 
Shows each brought about 400 people 
into Horticultural Hall, but the Christ- 
mas Fair drew nearly 2,000. We also 
reached an estimated 35,000 people 
with the Rose Show held in the Natick 
Mall. 

The library and the garden informa- 
tion center are permanent visible parts 
of our overall program. Together, they 
act as sources for horticultural infor- 
mation we cannot deliver in exhibi- 
tions or classes, and serve a public we 
cannot always reach by other means. 

During 1973 the library showed a 
great increase in circulation: 5,475 
books went to 1 ,200 borrowers in 22 
states, Canada and England. Tele- 
phone calls, letters and visitors to the 
garden information center average 25 
to 30 a day. 

This year the library has remained 
open during evening classes at the 
Hall in an effort to be of service to 
more members. There are also contin- 
uing displays of rare books on exhibit 
so that visitors may appreciate the 
Society's heritage and enjoy some of 
the beautiful volumes in the rare book 
collection. 

Various members of the staff repre- 
sent the Horticultural Society in many 
ways throughout the local and the 
horticultural communities. Through 
lectures, instructions and guidance to 
other organizations, the Society has 
helped implement many programs of 
community and national interest. 
Most noteworthy, perhaps, was the 
participation of our former Director, 
Carlton Lees, in the Gloucester 
Community Development Corpora- 
tion's cemetery restoration project, 
which has become a national model. It 
resulted in the passage of a bill by the 
Massachusetts Legislature ruling on 



procedures for cemetery restoration. 

Various staff members served as 
judges at flower shows, exhibitions, 
window box contests and a local 4H 
fair. Membership of the staff in other 
related organizations, and attendance 
at meetings and conventions, helps to 
keep the Society abreast with the rest 
of the horticultural world. 

The Horticultural Society also acts 
as a placement service. In 1973, 35 
gardeners came to us seeking employ- 
ment and 25 property owners sought 
gardeners. Ten placements were 
made. 

Awards in recognition of horticul- 
tural achievement by the Society 
numbered 131 for the year 1973. Other 
organizations and individuals 
presented 22 awards for exhibits in the 
1973 Spring Show. 

The Hub Box program, now retitled 
"Plants Go To School", continues to 
receive wide interest and support. In 
1 973, some 400 third and fourth grad- 
ers became involved in horticulture 
through the efforts of 26 volunteers 
visiting Boston public schools; 31 
volunteers signed up for the 73-74 
program and have just completed their 
classroom assignments. The Hub Box 
Committee is pleased to announce 
that the project is ready to move out of 
its experimental phase with the publi- 
cation of a final instruction and orga- 
nization manual this fall. The program 
can then be duplicated in any part of 
the country. 

Forty-five vocational agricultural 
students participated in an all-day 
plant identification and judging con- 
test in the 1973 Spring Show. This 
year, 1974, 63 students participated in 
the competition. Countless other 
young people, as well as adults, were 
acquainted with growing plants at 
seed planting workshops held on Bos- 
ton Common for Earth Day festivities 
in 1973 and 1974. And thousands of 
women met the Horticultural Society 
at "Yes We Can", an all-day televised 
special event at the Hynes Auditorium 
on January 18, 1974, sponsored by the 
Governor's Council on the Status of 
Women and WBZ-TV. 

The Kathryn S. Taylor Greenhouse 
remains an active outpost of the Soci- 
ety, thanks to the efforts of its hard- 
working Committee. Classes and 
workshops are conducted at the 
greenhouse, as well as the very popu- 
lar spring and fall plant sales held 
annually. 

Open Garden Days in Cambridge 
and the Dedham-Dover area allowed 



members an opportunity to visit some 
outstanding private gardens in the 
spring of 1973. Also last spring the 
Society presented a special tour of 
Frederick Law Olmsted's contribu- 
tions to the Boston Park System. More 
recently, tours were offered to the 
Stone estate in Marion, the Hunnewell 
estate in Wellesley and the Gardner 
Museum greenhouses. 

One of the most dramatic changes 
in program occurs in the area of class- 
es and workshops. It is dramatic at 
least to those of us closely involved 
with the Society's educational efforts. 
For the record, I can report that for the 
1 973 calendar year a total of 425 indi- 
viduals attended the 18 different class- 
es, courses or workshops offered by 
the Society. The expansion of our cur- 
rent offerings of this kind can be seen 
more clearly by comparing statistics 
from identical time periods for the 
current academic year and the previ- 
ous one. During the period from Sep- 
tember1972 through April 1973, an 
attendance of 237 was recorded for the 
nine classes and workshops conduct- 
ed. From September 1973 through 
April 1974, 579 individuals attended 
the 30 classes and workshops offered! 
They were conducted not only in Hor- 
ticultural Hall and the Taylor Green- 
house, but at such other facilities as 
instructors' homes, Mount Auburn 
Cemetery, Habitat in Cambridge and 
the Georgetown High School. Classes 
were also held during the evening and 
on Saturdays. 

Mrs. Engle, Trustee and Chairman 
of the recently appointed Educational 
Programs Committee, will have more 
to report on current and future plans 
for this area of the Society's program. 
William J. Thompson 
Acting Executive Director 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 
COMMITTEE REPORT 

Several new Society activities are 
planned. Because of the all-time high 
interest in growing plants indoors, a 
Plant Clinic will be initiated one 
evening a week in July and August. 
This fall, the Suburban Experiment 
Station of the University of Massa- 
chusetts is to start a Plant Clinician 
course to train those working with the 
public, e.g., nurserymen and plant 
shop employees; our volunteers may 
also complete this training, and be- 
come an invaluable Society resource 
for service to the public. Plant Clinics 
can be held at our main location, at 
the Spring Show, at any small shows. 
They have already been held this year 



at offices in downtown Boston, due to 
our affiliation with the Metropolitan 
Cultural Alliance, and more are in 
store. People want to learn, they like 
to talk about plants and their success- 
es or failures. From my experience, 
there are plenty who need our infor- 
mation and need to know this is not a 
stuffy institution of expert gardeners. 

Planned for the fall in the library, 
which is a day-in, day-out activity of 
great importance, are orientation 
tours. They will acquaint members 
with the vast and marvelous collec- 
tions and make the library more useful 
to them. A similar tour and tea are 
planned for new members. In this way, 
the Massachusetts Horticultural Soci- 
ety may become less forbidding and 
more friendly for the new people. In 
the fall the library will also feature a 
Plant of the Month. Visitors will be 
able to put their names and addresses 
in a box and, at the end of the month, 
the name of the lucky winner of the 
plant will be drawn. The plant's back- 
ground and culture will be featured in 
the Nasturtium so that those unable to 
participate in our "lottery" will still be 
able to learn. 

This is just the beginning of a more 
lively and meaningful Horticultural 
Society. If you have ideas for courses 
or people who could teach them, or 
could volunteer time to small projects 
like plant clinics or minor exhibitions 
— say at banks or in our main lobby— 
or distributing posters to local garden 
centers, please speak up. It's reward- 
ing, educational, and a great big help. 

As Mr. Thompson has outlined, the 
reason for the Society's existence is 
education, and one of our strongest 
vehicles is our course program. This 
past academic year one of our greatest 
efforts was to expand the courses, not 
only in number and scope but also in 
time and in geographical location. Not 
everyone is able to attend classes at 
10 a.m. in Horticultural Hall; there- 
fore, many of the basic courses were 
offered in the morning and again in the 
evening for working people. By and 
large, they have been very successful. 
It is planned this coming academic 
year to expand the evening and geo- 
graphical factors for the more popular 
and practical courses. Negotiations 
are going on with institutions in sever- 
al locations so that a given basic 
course, say on vegetables (which rank 
in all-time public popularity with ten- 
nis), may be given by the same in- 
structor in Horticultural Hall, North 
Shore, Woburn, Waltham and South 
Shore. It will mean that if you happen 
to live in Bridgewateror Manchester 



you won't be deprived of learning just 
because you are too far away to attend 
a course, or too tired to struggle into 
Horticultural Hall. 

In an effort to broaden our offerings 
the Educational Programs Committee 
has appointed a subcommittee to 
hammer out the course program. 
Roughly, the following areas are being 
handled by people directly involved in 
them: Outdoor Gardening — Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Means; Indoor Gardening 

— Mrs. Raymond Cronin and myself; 
Flower Arranging — Mrs. James Grin- 
ned, Mrs. John Herweg, Mrs. Robert 
Knowlesand Mrs. Leo Wolf; Land- 
scape Design— Joseph Hudak; Botany 

— Mrs. Michael Turchan. These peo- 
ple know what subjects should be 
taught and who can teach them well, 
and should be in a position to fashion 
a course program that will be fantastic. 

One further comment on our 
courses. It is evident that the outside 
world doesn't know about them, or us. 
We are attempting to have our courses 
listed in the Sunday gardening sec- 
tions of the Globe and Herald Ameri- 
can, along with those of our fellow 
horticultural groups. In addition, a 
poster listing the courses is being 
made every month by Mrs. Henry Lit- 
tleboy, a member from Beacon Hill. 
These go to garden centers and plant 
shops. It is through these efforts and 
more to come that we will build a mar- 
ket, and make ourselves available to 
those outside our membership. 

Corliss K. (Mrs. Ralph P.) Engle 

Chairman, Educational 

Programs Committee 

SITE COMMITTEE REPORT 

One thing which I have noted since 
delving into the affairs of the Society 
is the many good friends whom we 
have all over the countryside and all of 
whom are anxious to help. Knowing 
that we were looking for a new site, 
many of them have been most helpful 
with their suggestions as to possible 
locations until I feel that we have a 
fine dragnet of members, non-mem- 
bers, members of environmental 
groups and others, all of whom are 
interested in helping us to find the 
right location. As I am sure you know 
from previous correspondence we 
have been concentrating our efforts 
about an area west of Boston, center- 
ing on the junction of the Massachu- 
setts Turnpike and Route 128, which 
is not only the center of our member- 
ship but also the transportation center 
of Massachusetts and even of New 
England. 



In all we have had suggested about 
40 different locations, ail of which 
have been visited by one or more 
members of the Site Committee. 

There is a wide difference in the 
sties which we have visited. Some 
consist of attractive open land, others 
contain lovely old gardens, some have 
an assortment of structures varying all 
the way from residences to the rather 
imposing structures of the Watertown 
Arsenal. The question is, how do you 
decide between such disparate fea- 
tures? 

I think we agree pretty well on what 
an "ideal site" should be: ten to 200 
acres with beautiful gardens, trees, 
plantings, a horticultural gem in its 
own right. It should have fields, 
woods, orchard, water with brook and 
pond, varied topography, be fertile, 
yet have variety for landscaping in- 
cluding outcroppings for rock gar- 
dens. It should have a large, solid 
brick house which we could use for 
our offices, a large, air-conditioned 
wing for a library, with barns and other 
outbuildings for storage, garden shop, 
small shows and the like, all arranged 
for convenience and central control. 
All should be in fine repair, tight, insu- 
lated, easy to heat and maintain. It 
should be located within ten minutes 
of the Massachusetts Turnpike and 
Route 1 28, and not over one block 
from an M.B.T.A. station. It should 
also have protection, and thus be in 
an area not likely to be overrun in 
another 74 years. It should have suit- 
able zoning, with neighbors anxious 
to have us and where our growth and 
traffic would not harrass the neighbor- 
hood. It should, by the way, be owned 
by a benevolent octogenarian anxious 
to donate it all to the Massachusetts 
Horticultural Society, preferably with 
a large endowment and no strings 
attached! 

Obviously, we are not likely to find a 
package just like this. Evaluation of 
real sites is more difficult. We have 
found that there is a wide disparity in 
views of Committee members and 
Society members as to the priorities of 
these various factors, in that each 
person sees the function of the Horti- 
cultural Society differently; in fact, 
each person sees horticulture itself in 
a different manner. These views of 
course translate into different ideas of 
what a site should be. The problem, 
then, is how to decide between dis- 
parate views. 

Consequently, while we are looking 
at sites and searching for more, the 
staff has taken on the job of refining 



the site criteria set up by the Program 
Planning Committee and establishing 
priorities. In this we are working very 
closely with Mrs. Engle and her Edu- 
cational Programs Committee and are 
attempting to establish a yardstick 
against which various sites can be 
tested, and also a process by which 
the right decision can be made. We 
must avoid the temptation to grab at a 
site because it is available, or cheap, 
or happens to strike the fancy, later to 
find we are in a dead end with regard 
to our future operations. Toward this 
end we have established three cate- 
gories of priorities. The first covers 
the essentials, without which we can 
never fulfill our program and our func- 
tions, without which we cannot grow 
to attract public and financial 
support; it includes items which, if 
not present in the site, cannot reason- 
ably be added later at any cost. The 
second category consists of the highly 
desirable features, without which 
opportunities for growth in size and 
variety of activities and programs 
must be curtailed, and items which 
cannot be added later except at in- 
ordinate cost or delay. The third cate- 
gory includes the desirable features 
which we certainly need or want 
eventually, but which can be added 
later if the site is adequate to receive 
them. Obviously, if these features are 
present originally time and money will 
be saved, and the transition to a new 
site will be easier and earlier. 

As a check on our plans and our 
dreams we have been looking into 
what others are doing in other cities, 
and have also been studying the 
operations of many of our local orga- 
nizations. We have been viewing them 
from the standpoints of both func- 
tions and finances, and have been 
trying to make estimates with regard 
to numbers of visitors to be handled 
and areas of buildings required for our 
operations, and put these require- 
ments in some order of priority with 
respect to the logistics of making a 
move. We have also been investigating 
possibilities for an appropriate dispo- 
sition of Horticultural Hall. 

These staff studies will of course be 
subject to the eagle-eyed scrutiny of 
all concerned, and will hopefully help 
the Society to make the wise decision. 
In the meanwhile, we are still looking 
for ever more possibilities, so if any of 
you have places to suggest or, better 
yet, just happen to own that ideal site 
that I described, we would be delight- 
ed to hear from you. 

Warren K. Colby 
Assistant to the President 



Officers and 

Trustees 

1974-1975 

OFFICERS 

Willard P. Hunnewell, President 
' Edward N. Dane, Vice-President 
Mrs. John C. Storey, Vice-President 
Edward L. Stone, Treasurer 
Edward H. Osgood, 

A ssis tan t- Treasurer 
Edward N. Dane, Secretary 

TRUSTEES 

Oliver F. Ames 
Mrs. Russell S. Carr 
Roger G. Coggeshall 
Mrs. Ara R. Derderian 
Raymond DeVincent 
Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr. 
John W. Ewell 
Henry S. Francis, Jr. 
Frederick L. Good, III 
Dr. Robert L. Goodale 
John W. Goodrich 
ErikH. Haupt 
Mrs. Hugh Hencken 
Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 
Joseph W. Lund 
Edward H. Osgood 
George H. Pride 
John L. Wacker 
Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr. 

HONORARY TRUSTEES 

Harold D. Stevenson 
Dr. Donald Wyman 

Standing 

Committees 

1974-1975 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Willard P. Hunnewell, Chairman 
Edward N. Dane 
Joseph W. Lund 
Edward L. Stone 
Mrs. John C. Storey 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Willard P. Hunnewell, Chairman 
Joseph W. Lund 
Edward H. Osgood 
Edward L. Stone 

BUDGET COMMITTEE 



Members of Executive & Finance 
Committees 

ALBERT C. BURRAGE GOLD VASE & 
JOHN S. AMES TROPHY COMMITTEE 

Roger G. Coggeshall, Chairman 
Mrs. Charles F. Batchelder 
Mrs. Russell S. Carr 
Mrs. John C. Storey 
James Sutherland 

BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Willard P. Hunnewell, Chairman 
John W. Goodrich 
ErikH. Haupt 

EXHIBITIONS COMMITTEE 

Mrs. John C. Storey, Chairman 
Raymond DeVincent 
Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 
Joseph W. Lund 
R. Wayne Mezitt 
John L. Wacker 

COMMITTEE ON EXHIBITIONS OF 
PRODUCTS OF CHILDREN'S 
GARDENS 

Mrs. John C. Storey, Chairman 
Mrs. Robert F. Phelan 
Mrs. Henry S. Stone 

COMMITTEE ON GARDENS 

Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr., 
/ Chairman 
••Edward N. Dane 
Henry S. Francis, Jr. 
George H. Pride 
Mrs. John C. Storey 

LECTURES & PUBLICATIONS 
COMMITTEE 

John W. Ewell, Chairman 
Frederick L. Good, III 
Mrs. Hugh Hencken 

LIBRARY COMMITTEE 

Oliver F. Ames, Chairman 

Alan E. Erickson 

Dr. Robert L. Goodale 

Robert D. Hale 

Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 

Robert A. Watts 

COMMITTEE ON MEDALS 

George H. Pride, Chairman 
Mrs. Russell S. Carr 
Roger G. Coggeshall 
Mrs. Ara R. Derderian 
John L. Wacker 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr., 
Chairman 






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NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Henry S. Francis, Jr. (1975) 
Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Jr. (1975) 
Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr. (1976) 
Joseph W. Lund (1977) 
Edward H.Osgood (1977) 

COMMITTEE ON PRIZES 

Roger G. Coggeshall, Chairman 

Mrs. Ara R. Derderian 

Herbert C. Fordham 

James Sutherland 

Mrs. G. Kennard Wakefield 



Ad Hoc Committees 
1974-1975 



EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 
COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Jr., Chairman 

Mrs. Raymond C. Cronin 

Mrs. Dudley B. Dumaine 

Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 

Mrs. Robert F. Phelan 

George H. Pride 

Mrs. Henry S. Stone 

TRUSTEES EMERITI 

C. Roy Boutard 
Albert C. Burrage 
George B. Cabot 
Russell B. Clark 
Mrs. C. Norman Collard 
Edward Dane 
Henry F. Davis, III 
Mrs. John M. Hall 
Dr. John R. Havis 
E. Miles Herter 



Garth Hite 

Mrs. Charles F. Hovey 

Dr. George H. M. Lawrence 

Vincent N. Merrill 

Edmund V. Mezitt 

Fredericks. Moseley, III 

Miss Helen C. Moseley 

Dr. John A. Naegele 

Mrs. C. Campbell Patterson 

Mrs. James H. Perkins 

Roberts. Pirie 

George Putnam 

Mrs. Charles G. Rice 

Robert G. Stone 

Mrs. G. Kennard Wakefield 

1 973 Garden Awards 

Special A ward of Merit: 

Miss Rebekah Hobbs, Boston 
Miss Catharine S. Huntington, Boston 
Jenney Oil Company, Chestnut Hill 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 

Cambridge 
Vose Galleries of Boston 

Garden Certificate: 

Mrs. Charles Almy, Cambridge 
Mr & Mrs. Craig Wylie, Cambridge 

Wakefield A ward for the Small Garden : 
Mrs. Charles Townsend, Boston 

Bronze Medal: 

The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for 
Aged, Roslindale 

Silver Medal: 

Mr. & Mrs. E. Garrett Birkhoff, 
Cambridge 

Gold Medal: 

Admiral & Mrs. Harry Hull, Manchester 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Parrot, Manchester 



1973 Exhibition 
Awards 

The John S. Ames Trophy: 
Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton 

The Albert C. Burrage Gold Vase: 
Alexander I. Heimlich, Woburn 

1 973 Medal Awards 

Silver Medal: 

Nancy Robinson Fitzwater, Huntington, 

West Virginia 
Aaron N. Kanouse, Olympia, Washington 
Joseph Hicks Pyron, Reynolds, Georgia 
Doris Jeane Watson, Wilmington, 

Delaware 

Large Gold Medal: 

Robert Fritz Carlson, East Lansing, 

Michigan 
Karl Parisette Jones, Barrington, 

Rhode Island 
Joseph Wheelock Lund, Boston, 

Massachusetts 
Anne Wertsner Wood, Swarthmore, 

Pennsylvania 

Jackson Dawson Medal: 

LeRoy Judson Stewart, Ocean Springs, 
Mississippi 

Thomas Roland Medal: 

Ernesta Drinker Ballard, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania 

George Robert White Medal of Honor: 

Leon Carleton Snyder, Excelsior, 
Minnesota